Brenda Holmes-Stanciu lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado with her husband and two creative daughters who are 8 and 9 years old. She loves sharing her love of the outdoors, working as staff naturalist and early childhood specialist at a local nature center. She coaches and empowers teachers to incorporate the natural sciences into their curriculum through college courses, presentations, and workshops. For the last 20 years she has taught preschool and kindergarten, advocating for the importance of fabulous, hands on experiences during early childhood. Brenda has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a Masters in Education/Curriculum, and recently achieved National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education. She stresses the need for cross curricular, inquiry driven, hands-on experiences for young children that encourage the development of higher level thinking. Years ago she taught summits in Colorado, New York, and Washington, and last year, in North Carolina. She is thrilled to be sharing the experiences of this summit with her daughters.